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Friday, April 11, 2014

Tonight in Music: Ghost to Falco, Shook Twins, George Strait

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM


AAN, GHOST TO FALCO, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on Ghost to Falco.


SHOOK TWINS, STEVE POLTZ
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Shook Twins.


GEORGE STRAIT, CHRIS YOUNG
(Moda Center, 1 Center Ct) Fresh off being named Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, George Strait's long-running tenure as one of the few country artists not to succumb to the pop-country claw is as relevant as ever. Anyone who grew up in an even moderately rural locale during the 1980s will recognize Strait's performance of the Sanger D. Shafer tune "All My Ex's Live in Texas"; it's as ubiquitous in country music as Stetsons and Justin boots. Now in his early 60s, Strait's streak of chart-topping ballads has reached massive proportions; he's ranked third behind Elvis Presley and the Beatles for the greatest number of gold and platinum albums in the US. During this second leg of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, Strait's massive legacy of maintaining the sanctity of a genre too often muddied by shitty Toby Keith songs will be given our city's largest stage. RYAN J. PRADO


ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK, SOFT METALS, MAXX BASS, MIKIE LIXX
(Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont) Want to know a primary source for the Italians Do It Better crew's glitter disco? Jump online and dial up Alexander Robotnick's "Problèmes d'amour." It's a tad sunnier than Chromatics, but the template of analog synths and crisp dance beats are present and accounted for. After that track's release in 1983, the Italian electro master (real name: Maurizio Dami) abandoned his signature sound for a stretch, choosing to explore African and Indian music. Over the past decade, though, Robotnick has returned to his roots, producing new collections and 12-inch singles of vintage-sounding Italo disco. He makes a rare visit to Portland this week, and will perform live as well as offering up a pumping house/electro DJ set. ROBERT HAM


THE VON TRAPPS, CHARMIAN CARR, PINK MARTINI, OREGON SYMPHONY
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) The Mercury is your #1 source for everything "von Trapp"—and we're happy to announce this absolutely charming singing quartet (and great grandchildren of The Sound of Music von Trapps) will be sharing their angelic voices at the Schnitz. The von Trapps with special guest Charmian Carr (Liesl from the movie!) will be backed up by the Oregon Symphony, along with a relatively unknown band called "Pink Martini," who's inexplicably receiving top billing. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


MØTRIK, HEDERSLEBEN, TONEN
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) I haven't heard all of the new album from local krautrock practitioners Møtrik, but the two songs on their Bandcamp are great: trance-inducingly repetitive, Autobahn-worthy extendo-jams. The synths buzz and coruscate, the guitars chunk-a-chunk, the bass runs like clockwork, and the drums don't have time for your bullshit. Tonight the Portland band—whose ranks include members of Wow and Flutter, Dweller at the Threshold, and Rio Grands—release their mysterious album on vinyl, and will no doubt offer a live version of their Neu!-influenced spectacle, devoid of unnecessary frills like lyrics and chord changes. The night is rounded out by Bay Area band Hedersleben, who've backed Hawkwind's Nik Turner and are therefore no strangers to zone-out abyss-gazing psych. NED LANNAMANN


OFF!, CEREBRAL BALLZY, NASA SPACE UNIVERSE
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Off! is a supergroup consisting of hardcore veterans Keith Morris of Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Steve McDonald of Redd Kross, Dimitri Coats of Burning Brides, and Mario Rubalcaba of Hot Snakes, which is funny because even the mere concept of a "supergroup"—a product of AOR excess—seems antithetical to punk. But Morris is also an unabashed apologist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, whom Off! have opened for on multiple occasions, further indicating some degree of culpability there. Dwindling cred aside, the group's latest record, Wasted Years, clocks in at 17 tracks in under 25 minutes and kicks several varieties of ass—although we all know there will never be a supergroup that's more hardcore than the Highwaymen. MORGAN TROPER


SAINTS OF BASS: ANDREW BOIE, PHIDELITY, BAD PIONEER
(Central Hotel, 8608 N Lombard) Meticulous and diverse in his track selection, Phidelity (Kris Northern) is a musical force to be reckoned with, unearthing hidden gems of psychedelic electronica in each mix. The Portland electronic artist's rich tapestry of sounds embodies exquisite, overlooked frequencies and pays close attention to the space between sounds. Northern knits together his own brilliant compositions with those of others, moving seamlessly between multiple dance music genres to create a spectacular form of aural escapism. Also performing is Andrew Boie, equally dedicated to his craft and bestowing upon us his treasure trove of house and techno vinyl, sure to appease your wildest foot-stomping pleasures. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD


ODESZA, D33J, KODAK TO GRAPH
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) A few things about Odesza: (1) They're a production duo that met while attending Western Washington University. (2) They're named after a ship that sank and left one of the members' uncles as one of two survivors. (3) They make the kind of instrumental electronic that's incredibly popular right now—all nostalgic-sounding, pitched-up-or-down R&B/pop vocal samples and ambient textures with deep, sweeping bass lines and syncopated programmed drums. Fortunately, they avoid sounding like typical Soundcloud trend-hoppers thanks to the undeniable quality of both 2012's Summer's Gone album and last year's My Friends Never Die EP. Florida producer Kodak to Graph and LA Anticon/WeDidIt member D33J are fitting openers that should keep the vibers vibing from the start. MIKE RAMOS


THE CALEB KLAUDER COUNTRY BAND, CAHALEN MORRISON AND COUNTRY HAMMER
(The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd) After you've wrapped things up at the George Strait show—or if you've decided to skip it altogether—scoot those cowboy boots over to the dance floor at the Spare Room, where the Caleb Klauder Country Band reigns supreme. The outfit, led by Klauder of Foghorn Stringband, traffics in all vintages of country, but keeps mostly to a stripped-down rock 'n' roll-inflected style that's perfect for twirling a partner. It's lean, powerful, and authentic, and I guarantee you it's the perfect cap to the workweek. Seattle songwriter Cahalen Morrison brings his new band Country Hammer to open things up, offering a tight honky-tonk sound that's ideal for downing boilermakers and working up a sweat. NL

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